100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #94 | with Daniel Whyte III
SCRIPTURE: Revelation 19:11-21: "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords...."
On yesterday, from the Word of God, we saw a glimpse of Heaven and the glorious future that awaits the redeemed people of God from all ages. We saw the wonderful event called the marriage of the Lamb -- the consummation of Christ's union with His body, the church. Today, in the Word of God, the scene shifts back to earth, and we read about the equally wonderful event which follows the marriage of the Lamb, and that is the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Remember, this is not the rapture. That happens at the beginning of the tribulation. What we are talking about today happens at the end of the tribulation after all of the judgments of God have been poured out on the earth. At the rapture, Jesus comes to claim His bride, but at the Second Coming, He will condemn all blasphemers and unbelievers. At the rapture, He comes 'in the air', but at the Second Coming, He actually descends to the earth. At the rapture, the saints go up to be with Christ, at the Second Coming the saints return to earth with Christ.
Someone once said: "Biblical prophecy provides some of the greatest encouragement and hope available to us today. Just as the Old Testament is saturated with prophecies concerning Christ's first advent, so both testaments are filled with references to the second coming of Christ. One scholar has estimated that there are 1,845 references to Christ's second coming in the Old Testament, where 17 books give it prominence. In the 260 chapters of the New Testament, there are 318 references to the second advent of Christ - an amazing 1 out of every 30 verses. Twenty-three of the 27 New Testament books refer to this great event. For every prophecy in the Bible concerning Christ's first advent, there are 8 which look forward to His second!"
Yes, Jesus Christ is coming back to earth one day, and that day will be at the end of the Tribulation. Let us look at three important aspects of Jesus' return.
1. Jesus Christ will return visibly.
2. Jesus will return in vengeance.
3. Jesus will return victoriously.